My New Years Wish for You …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I have returned! I took a little R & R after the busy Christmas / New Years holiday. After 25 years in the Quality Control field and not having to work holidays and such, it’s been quite a transition to managing a retail store, especially during the holidays! I do however love the fact that I have maintained my Stampin’ business for almost 15 years, and I thank you for supporting me along the way!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed time spent with friends and family. Today my card share has the sentiment that I wish for you this New Year! “Do more of what makes you happy”.


The sentiment comes from the “Hello Life” stamp set that will be available January 6th from the new Occasions catalog (pg.6) When you look at the catalog it will show 4 of the images at full size and the remaining 6 at 50% or half the size. So you can see by my card that the sentiment is much larger than shown.

The beautiful background paper is the “Painted Blooms” Designer Series Paper that I gave you a sneak peek on my December 28th post. I love the many different patterns and color combinations of this paper.

The base card and stamped sentiment is done in the tantalizing “Blackberry Bliss”.

The cute little heart also comes from the “Hello Life” stamp set … I cut it out, added it to my sentiment, filled it with “Crystal Effects” and sprinkled it with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. The Crystal Effects absorbs the glitter and holds it in place … it looks so pretty! Love that technique!


The inside stamped images is yet another stamp from the “Hello Life” stamp set.  Hope you enjoyed today’s card, it’s quick and easy to make!

Thank you for stopping by today, and for your patience while I took a mini-break.

Have a wonderful day …. and do more of what makes you happy this year.


Please note that the “Hello Life” and Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper is not available until January 6th. However the ingredients needed for this card will qualify you for a FREE Sale-a-bration Item!!


Our Stampin’ Retreat Swaps to Share ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I hope you had a good weekend.  Mine turned out great … I FOUND MY SWAP CARDS and will be sharing 3 of them with you today!!!


I have been looking in every bag and container that I brought back from retreat and could not find them anywhere. But today as I was going through my kitchen, I saw the little bag tucked nicely on the shelf and there they were!

It appears that I did not want anything to happen to my swaps so I put them on the shelf to keep them safe while I unpacked everything from the car. Oh my gosh … I couldn’t believe it, but I am so happy.

So today, I would like to share 3 of those cards with you …

Our first swap was done by Kathie D. She used the very versatile “Work of Art” stamp set in the delicious Blackberry Bliss!


The second card is from Cheryl G. She used our ever popular “Lovely as a Tree” and created a beautiful winter scene by adding snow with the help of the “Gorgeous Grunge” stamp set.


Last but definitely not least (This one won the card contest) is our swap from Meg … she used the new “Ornamental Pine” and a touch of glitter glue to add that holiday sparkle.


Each of these stamp sets can be used for so many different occasions, they should be a staple in your stamp collection. I know most of you already have “Lovely as a Tree”.

I think my stampin’ friends do a spectacular job … there was a lot of talent at my Holiday retreat! We all had a great time. I will be sharing more swaps with you next Monday.

Stop back tomorrow to see how I used the “Ornamental Pine” for an upcoming birthday, and yes … It’s a masculine card!

Have a great Monday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!



To purchase any of the stamp sets you have seen here today, just click on the link. I’ll have a sweet treat sent to your home as a Thank you from me.


The “JOY” of Christmas Cards and Stampin’ Tips!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

OK … Halloween is over and many of you know that I just loved that “Motley Monsters” Designer Series paper, but what are we going to do with it now that Halloween is over?

Don’t fret … I have an obvious solution for you in today’s card share plus an awesome stamping tip! 000_1646

 The obvious answer … Yep, flip it over! The great wood-grain paper below comes from “Motley Monsters”! I teamed it up with the “Wondrous Wreath” stamp set and coordinating framelits. Save 15% when you bundle the stamp set with the framelits!


The stamp set and framelits are amazing to work with … the beautiful color you create when using this two-step stamp set. I stamped Old Olive onto the Whisper White and then the Mossy Meadow in-color on top of the Olive.

* Just a quick reminder that the tabs on the photopolymer stamps are there for you to align the images and make your stamping easier.


You know me, I wanted that holiday sparkle so I used the Red Glimmer Paper and Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details. I had a blast putting this card together. The Multi-purpose glue works wonders on glimmer paper and holds superbly.

Yes, the “JOY” comes in the Wonderful Wreath framelits collection!!


One of the things I liked about this stamp set was that it also had a beautiful verse for the inside of the card, but if you are like me …. you can never stamp it straight! Today I want to share an easy solution to that problem …

1. Begin with the Grid Paper and align the inside of your card so it’s straight …


2. Use Washi tape and place it where you want your verse to “end” ….

(I unsticky my washi tape a bit by placing it on my skin or clothing … you don’t want it to peel your cardstock)

3. Align the bottom of your verse slightly above your washi tape and stamp …


Ahhh … doesn’t that look nice! Perfectly straight! I love it, I love it, I love it! Why didn’t I think of this before, like 13 years ago – lol.


I hope you enjoyed my card and stamping tips …


I’d love to hear what you think… you can leave me a message below. I will have another “Motley Monsters” transformation for you tomorrow!

Till then, have a great day ~


PS… I still haven’t found those swaps!




Seasons Greetings in Silver & Blue …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

It’s been two weeks since we were at our Holiday Retreat and one of the pillow gifts my guests received was the beautiful Christmas Bauble stamp ….


We made a gorgeous card by coloring in the bauble with our inks and blender pens, and a touch of that fun glitter glue! It definitely is a perfect stamp for those who love to color, but what about those of you who don’t like to color?!

That was a challenge posed to me at retreat. After thinking about it, I described a card that could be make in silver and blue, with minimal coloring. It’s now out of my head and onto the paper … or should I say cardstock…


I began by embossing the Christmas Bauble in silver on the stunning Brushed Silver cardstock and then colored it with the Night of Navy Blendabilities Assortment. I only used the darkest shade for coloring the bauble.

I framed it up like a pretty little package using the Silver 1/8″ Metallic Ribbon.

I mounted the bauble image onto Night of Navy cardstock and embossed Seasons Greetings from the “Watercolor Winter Too” photopolymer stamp set, then completed the card by mounting it onto a Smoky Slate base.


You don’t have to love coloring to love this precious stamp … I’m sure there are many different cards we could create with little or no coloring, this is just one idea.

Feel free to share your idea with me … I’d love to share it with our stampin’ community! Send picture to


Thank you for stopping by ~

Hope you enjoyed today’s solution to coloring in an entire image. Sometimes less is more … especially when you need to make 80 Christmas cards!

Have a wonderful day,






Wonderful Weekly Deals…

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I know that I said I would be sharing one more card with my leftover pieces from retreat, however I wanted to share this weeks “Weekly Deals” with you …


We hope you enjoy this week’s Weekly Deals!

133375G Large Triangle Punch Item # 133375
Regular Price: $15.95
Discounted Price: $11.96
Silver Stampin’ Glitter Item # 133756
Regular Price: $3.95
Discounted Price: $2.96
Twine Baker’S Early Espresso Item # 123124
Regular Price: $2.95
Discounted Price: $2.21
Boys Will Be Boys Wood-Mount Stamp Set Item # 134135
Regular Price: $24.95
Discounted Price: $18.71
Shaker Frames Item # 124155
Regular Price: $4.95
Discounted Price: $3.71
Basic Black 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon Item # 130010
Regular Price: $8.95
Discounted Price: $6.71
Island Indigo 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon Item # 131151
Regular Price: $8.95
Discounted Price: $6.71
Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Ensemble – Digital Download Item # 127620
Regular Price: $14.95
Discounted Price: $8.97

For more details or to purchase any of the products shown, just click on the highlighted products description and it will take you to my on-line store.

You can combine the Weekly Deals with items from the annual catalog, holiday catalog or the Holiday supplement… you can even add items from the Clearance Rack!

Just click on any of the pictures below and you’ll be magically transferred into the pages of these fabulous catalogs …




Please let me know if I can help you in any way!

Thanks so much for stopping by.


All is Calm Christmas …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. It’s Monday and back to work for many of us, so I’d like to begin with a simple, calm Christmas card.

Yesterday I showed you an easy layout which included the dimensions you’ll need to make the card. I also suggested that you could use this layout for any type of card, so today I’m here to show you …


The card was created using the Lost Lagoon cardstock and “All is Calm” Designer Series paper. The pop of Whisper White really makes the “Merry Christmas” stand out. The greeting comes from the “Making Spirits Bright”, found on page 48 in the Holiday catalog.

All of the layers are “popped” up, using the Stampin’ Dimensionals … it gives so much depth and texture to the card.

I couldn’t resist adding the beautiful silver glimmer snowflake to really make the card feel like Christmas. The snowflake comes from the Snowflake Card Thinlet Dies (9 dies) in our Holiday Catalog.


Hope you enjoyed my Christmas version of the simple layout I shared yesterday, and thank you for stopping by.

Have a great week ahead ~




Halloween Greetings …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today is a quick -n- easy, or should I say “fast -n- furious” for Friday Halloween card. This “boo-tiful” card was created with the “Motley Monsters Designer Series paper, the Fun Fall Fest Bundles (Save 15%) and with a little help from my September Paper Pumpkin.


I love this polka dot background because once Halloween is over, I can still use this paper! Keep a close watch on my blog because you may even see one of these designs in an upcoming Christmas card!

I cut the ghost and circle out from a piece of scrap at the same time … saved me from lining it up and running it through the BigShot again.


My “BOO” greeting comes from the Paper Pumpkin kit and is designed to look old a worn out … and I couldn’t resist putting that crow on it. Besides, it added a bit a color and drew your eye across the card (very effective!) lol


The stampin’ list of ingredients is listed below, just click on any of the items to begin shopping. I have a sweet treat for all on-line orders this weekend (sent directly to you!)

Have a wonderful weekend and be sure to stop back and see my final projects in this Halloween series.